Retirement age brings with it a sea change for seniors. Deciding how and where to live through your elder years is an essential piece of the planning. Most seniors intend to remain in their current homes as long as possible. Aging in place is the comfortable and logical choice; however, in certain circumstances, relocation may be a better long-term solution. A bit of light research can help you begin evaluating what makes the most sense for you.
Beginning the Dialogue
According to an AARP study, location really does matter. It can determine whether or not you will have what you need in your senior years. Healthcare options, as well as economic and lifestyle factors, vary significantly by location. Florida, Colorado and South Dakota top AARP’s list of best places to retire. The range of services and senior housing Denver Colorado or Orlando, Florida, can provide may be markedly superior to services in other regions. Thumbing through some of these studies may help you begin evaluating your own needs and provide you with context for conversations with your loved ones.
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Asking the Right Questions
Health studies show that most seniors will develop a condition that requires medical care or other assistance. Failing to plan for this could find you without proper support when you most need it. These three questions will give you a feel for whether relocation is a good idea for you.
- Are hospitals, transportation, rehabilitation and other senior services available in your area?
- Do you have capable friends or family nearby to help advocate for you and your care should you require that?
- If you don’t have an advocate nearby, are you prepared to ask a friend or relative to travel to you to provide care and transport to medical services?
If you answered “no” to one or more of these questions, relocation might be worth earnestly considering. Begin the conversation and evaluate your options early.
Uprooting later in life undoubtedly presents a temporary disruption, but it could also mean enjoying the security and quality of life you desire. It\’s never too early to start planning for a comfortable future.